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A magnificently painted backdrop and distinctive characters.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Readers will experience a psychological drama as well as a suspenseful courtroom trial. The contrast between the Amish culture and the English provides an interesting tension. This study of opposites details much information about a way of life based on faith, humility, duty, and honesty-- "School Library Journal"
About the Author
Jodi Picoult is the world-renowned #1 New York Times bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, and many others. She studied creative writing at Princeton University and received her masters from Harvard. Picoult has won numerous awards for her work, most notably an Alex Award and a lifetime achievement award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with her family.
- Item Weight : 1.5 pounds
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1508283915
- ISBN-13 : 978-1508283911
- Dimensions : 6.1 x 1.9 x 5.7 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition (February 5, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,098,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I overall did enjoy reading this book. I would probably give it a 3.5/5 if that rating was available. I found myself really enjoying the characters and their stories, especially Ellie, which is strange as I normally do not like lawyers. I felt that the character development was very well written and that each person provided a unique point of view to the story.
Now here's my beef. My first irritation occurred when Adam left for a SECOND time and didn't even bother to attempt to reconcile his relationship with Katie. In my eyes, Adam was a predator who took advantage of a young girl ten years his senior and then discarded her without a thought not once, but twice. Katie, as annoying as she was at times and even somewhat insufferablef or her attitude, was in a fact, a teenage girl and her mentality proved as such.
Second complaint... I could have done without the ghost chasing stories and the stories of Katie seeing Hannah, and possibly Ellie also see Hannah. It just overall didn't add anything to the storyline and left me with more questions than answers. The only thing I can think of as to why this was mentioned more than once was because it got Katie to trust Adam (who I am labeling a predator) and therefore she "fell in love" with him and gave her her virginithy, thus creating this whole mess that Katie got herself into.
The other complaint is of course... THE ENDING! I must say, all along I thought that the baby was murdered and I was extremely vetted in the storyline to figure out who it was. I had my suspicions and eventually, I decided that it must have been Samuel. My reasoning behind this was his heartbreak for the betrayal. Throughout the book, I did believe that someone came into the barn and took the baby when Katie passed out from exhaustion. I settled on Samuel thinking that there was a lot of foreshadowing (that actually didn't exist) but mostly I decided to pin it on him because he was set to marry Katie, inherit the farm, and the two consistently would meet in the wee hours of the night with a 'flashlight' signal. I did not think it would have been out of place for Samuel to have decided to visit Katie around 2:00 a.m. (which is when she was giving birth) and witness the birth. Becoming enraged he killed the infant. Of course, this is not how the story ended. I assumed I was going to be right and that he was going to confess it on the stand during the trial... which he didn't.
Moving on, Sarah, the mother, ended up being the culprit and for the life of me I just can't fathom this making sense. I do understand that she felt some blame and felt like she was going to lose her last child because of her husband's pigheadedness. What I don't understand is actually killing a helpless infant that is YOUR GRANDCHILD and letting YOUR CHILD go through the process of being charged with murder and going through the entire trial. As a mother I would literally do just about anything for my children, and I would not want to see them hurt. Sarah is apparently a sociopath because (even though I contemplated her for a nanosecond) just did not fit this scenario for me. Katie seemed more likely to have been the actual killer than her supposedly innocent, nurturing mother who also knows what it's like to grieve the loss of a child. And this is yet another reason this doesn't make sense to me... She killed the baby knowing what it's like to lose a child. Why would she think that Katie would want to bear that same horrible grief for the rest of her life? This does not fit the profile of a nurturing mother who truly loves her children. So to sum it up, I believe that since Sarah is the actual killer that she is really a sociopath and the story ended so abruptly that I have numerous questions about what happened after. It didn't leave me feeling completely satisfied.
Overall, the book was a good read even with the "twist" at the end. It was a page-turner, but I do think the author could have done better.
Katie Fisher, an Amish teenager has a baby out of wedlock, a fact too difficult for her to handle, as she doesn’t admit her situation until she goes into labor and bears a premature baby. When the baby is found dead in the barn, Katie is charged with murder, and Ellie Hathaway, the hotshot lawyer with boyfriend issues who is on a visit to her aunt in the area, accepts to defend her. The court case is highly complicated and Ellie’s defense of Katie, as to finding evidence, takes many forms and faces complications, until the plot presents a surprise twist at its end.
The story is intricate and, despite its calm Amish town setting, full of tension and suspense, as its author reveals the story in tiny pieces, with every twist and turn undoing a revelation or taking it to a new direction. Any summary, therefore, cannot do justice to this multi-dimensional work full of mystery and rich, dramatic characterization.
Some of this excellence comes from the point of view shifts, as each chapter provides a different first person or limited third person point of view by each important character, with several chapters using the omniscient POV. Through this change in POVs, the readers get to know the characters inside out.
Be used to pull a buggy. Nobody would sit for a chat on the Bach of farm machinery with long spikes, A pair of scissors used in a barn birthing pen could not be shined up. Soptory got more implausible as it went along and began to drag. The trial was pretty boring because of all the repetition. It kept revealing fact we all already knew. Ending implausable. A real let down actually I’m sort of irritated that I wasted so much time getting to such an unsatisfactory conclusion.
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There was a slightly supernatural quality to this book which was glossed over and didn't add anything to the storyline.
It was OK, a very easy read, but nothing too ground breaking.
I may be biased - Jodi Picoult is my favourite writer in the entire world, but this was sheer genius. Not only did this give us an incredibly interesting insight into the Amish lifestyle but we had the pleasure of experiencing another one of Jodi's famous court cases.
Eighteen year old Katie is Amish. In the middle of the night she gives birth to a baby boy in her family's barn. Katie passes out and the baby is found dead and concealed beneath the hay the next morning. This becomes a huge, controversial murder case. Did this young and innocent Amish girl with STRONG religious beliefs kill her own child?
This was sensational. The metaphors flowed beautifully, the writing was pure magic and the ending was flawless. Jodi Picoult educated us on the Amish lifestyle with such grace and intelligence at the same time as making us question just what desperation can lead us to. Brilliant.
A) The pace never lets up. Many stories seem to have additional padding. But this one doesn't. The story is relentless.
B)My sudden stab of regret, as I finished the last page. Knowing that I would have to say goodbye to the characters. Knowing that I would no longer be `living` on an Amish Farm. It surprised me (I enjoy usually, hard bitten crime thrillers) just how much I had entered into the story. The Amish way of life. The personal battle that, Ellie, the Attorney, has to become part of that life. A far cry from her own, hard paced, hectic worldy way of living. And for wondering how could any person, and this applies to all the Amish family as potrayed in this story, seemingly bury their heads, to the real fact, that their daughter, Katie could very well go to prison for supposedly murdering her baby. As I say, it was with regret that I closed the book and said my farewell to them all. A fair comment on just how much I enjoyed this novel, by (and I have not read any of her other books, ) author Jodi Picoult
Five stars my review. In fact four and a half. I thought the ending was very appropriate. Yet I would have liked it to have been played out on a bigger canvass, ie inside the Courtroom itself. Or am I just been nit- picky. Whatever it was a very engrossing read, and in every way the term `page turner` so adequately sums up this novel.
My conclusion is that they are both excellent storytellers, but for me they each have their own strengths and talents, and I would prefer to value them as the individuals they are, rather than constantly read comments comparing them.
In `Plain Truth', Jodi Picoult has woven a very detailed mystery around things I knew little about, namely the Amish community, and the ins and outs of women who
murder there own newborn babies.
The pace never flags throughout this dramatic tale and the writing is truly beautiful. The carefully woven plot raises many moral and legal issues, which no doubt each reader will have their own feelings about. I know I certainly do, and this added to my enjoyment of the book. The author's ability to write brilliantly about sensitive subjects is something she is rightfully accaimed for if `Plain Truth' is anything to go by.
Although there is a lot of heartache involved as events unfold, the way Ms Picoult writes incorporates a wry and clever sense of humour. I found myself thinking "Ill try to remember that one"on several occasions.
My one complaint is that some of the descriptions, especially during the trial, are over complicated, as is some of the dialogue, but hey I'm being picky here.
I had to keep reading to see what happened, there were several possibilities right up to the end, and I was glad I had the time to not put it down for the last hundred or so pages. I'm sure, like me, most readers will think they know what really happened. See if you are right.
To sum up, this book for me has been an education, a compulsive read, a mystery to get the grey cells dancing, and above all a pleasure. I was sorry to get to the end, and glad there is more out there by the same author to read in the future.
Jodi Picoult has taken us into the heart of a very alien Amish community, where Amish law is heard and decided by an elder and all living in the community believe that ordinary laws of the land do not apply, as God will give them the guidance they need. As you read this, you will be drawn into the simple and ideal conception of living off the land, without the reliance of modern life and technology. It also draws attention to the love shared by the Amish people. Interesting and intelligent story - a must-read for any Jodi Picoult fan, or for anyone wanting to read something different.